San Diego Floral Association

Quarterly Meeting, June 23, 2021
1:30 p.m. – Virtual meeting
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Tovah Martin
Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing


This year, the San Diego Floral Association is delighted to welcome internationally-known garden writer and inspirational speaker Tovah Martin to our virtual annual meeting via Zoom.

Tovah is an avid indoor and outdoor gardener and the author of several garden books, the most recent of which, The Garden in Every Sense and Season, received GardenComm’s Gold Medal Award in 2019. Her articles appear in national and international publications, and she is well-known to TV audiences through her appearances on the Martha Stewart show, PBS and CBS gardening programs and other media broadcasts. She is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional and the 2013 winner of the renowned Gustav Mehlquist award from the Connecticut Horticultural Society. Read more about her achievements and follow her at; at Plantswise by Tovah Martin on Facebook; and on Instagram @tovah1.

LECTURE PROGRAM: Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

No matter if you’re gardening in a close-knit neighborhood or a sprawling estate, you want to garden efficiently, prolifically, sustainably and beautifully. You need to garden smartly and conserve your resources. This lecture focuses on all the points on your checklist. When you layer a garden, not only do you maximize space, but you can also create hardworking habitats. You can fulfill a balance between what you need and what nature needs. Using my own garden that I call “Furthermore” as an example, I describe how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall. This lecture shares how to serve our needs as well as the needs of pollinators and other creatures. You can expect to hear many innovative ideas beyond the usual solutions.

The program will be preceded by a brief business meeting.
Note: This program is free and open to the public, but because of limited space SDFA members have priority for registration. Non-members are welcome to register, space permitting, after June 1.

Please send an email to if you would like to attend this exciting meeting. 
Zoom meeting details will then be sent.


Tovah Martin

An avid (verging on obsessed) gardener indoors and outside, Tovah Martin is the author of many gardening books. Her newly published title, The Garden in Every Sense and Season received GardenComm’s Gold Medal Media Award in 2019. That book follows The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, and The New Terrarium as well as Tasha Tudor’s Garden. A freelance writer, her articles have appeared in publications throughout the country including Country Home, Traditional Home, Martha Stewart Living, New England Home, Flower, Cottage Journal, Milieu, Yankee, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens as well as Gardens Illustrated and The Daily Telegraph in Europe and Morning Calm—the Korean Airlines inflight magazine. She is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and the recipient of their medal for outstanding literary achievement. In 2013, she received the Gustav Mehlquist Award—the highest honor bestowed by the Connecticut Horticultural Society. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, PBS television series and the CBS Sunday Early Show as well as many other television and radio broadcasts. She speaks throughout the country and has lectured aboard the QE2. With lifelong experience with indoor gardening, she also serves as a houseplant coach. For more information, Tovah can be found at and she posts on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin and on Instagram @tovah1.

Meeting SDFA

Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.